Renderings for New Coleman Skate Park on Lower East Side

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011 at 12:48 pm by

Over the summer, the Parks and Recreation committee of Community Board 3 heard plans for the fate of Coleman Playground beneath the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side.  The non-profit design firm Architecture for Humanity and Nike’s GAMECHANGERS teamed up to help aid in reconstruction of the skate park.

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Together, both organizations sponsored a competition in which nine New York design firms vied for ultimate control of the renovation effort.  Yesterday, reported that international collective HAO / Holm Architecture Office was crowned victor.

With the new skate park and seating area as the cornerstone of the revitalization of the larger Coleman Oval Park, HAO proposes a plug-and-play design solution that can be developed in phases while still establishing a strong unified architectural solution.

“By creating a park that emphasizes and underlines local diversity, Coleman Oval Park has the potential to become a one of a kind city park simply by accommodating the potential of the dense urban area it sits within: the secret is in the mix,” said Jens Holm, founder, HAO.

The new Coleman Oval Skate Park, as it’s being called now, will be a multifunctional space aside from just skateboarding.  Other possibilities include film screenings, live music performances, and public events. Judging by the proposed renderings, it appears the area will become just another corporate haven to sell advertising.  While skaters are likely stoked by the new obstacles considered – the super pipe, in particular – expect a hipster-fied tourist attraction when the smoke clears (e.g. urban gallery and “dog run with a view”).

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Expected completion for the first part of the new design, the Skate Park and seating area, is expected to be sometime in mid-2012.


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[via Curbed]

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